started with a tiny egg ! lol Earlier this summer
I popped outside to pluck a bit of fennel for salad.
As I reached out to start snipping ,something stilled my hand.
I bent over my plant wondering at the sudden hesitation
when a butterfly lit next to it .So there we were the
witch poised with scissors and her denizen trying to communicate.
In the still she shifted and suddenly I spied eggs! My fennel
was dotted throughout .Well needless to say I smiled and told
her the fennel was hers until the children were gone.
After dinner that evening I roughed out not one but two
ideas for gardening posts.Now that I had the beginnings of
two new discussions framed out I wanted
pics to go with them.So began the camera safari in my back yard .lol
The first post was gardening with
butterflies and bees and Ive already posted it.With one
down I settled on waiting for that one shot needed
for the second post.Well two days ago I got it!The
Chrysalis I had been watching daily was the focus of my
attention it had actually wiggled the day before so
I knew that soon there would be a new butterfly.When I went
out to check it around 8 in the morning I had just missed
the "birth but my beauty was there next to his empty pouch
fluffing and drying its wings.It patiently allowed me to skip
around and get several nice pictures....So at last my
stalking was at an end and I could finish up this post for you !
Butterflies spend the first part of their lives crawling the earth
as odd many legged creatures, before metamorphosis leads it to
spin a home for the big change.
On emergence it has been reborn as a beautiful winged creature
of the air,more flower than insect.
These lovely babies are extremely sensitive to the Harmony of Earth,
and are the first creatures to leave a damaged ecology.
Their life cycle is one of transformation.
Emergence from an egg, then the transition to Chrysalis the stage in
which caterpillar’s body is broken down and changed into the adult form.
At last the butterfly emerges.
"Psyche" is Greek for both soul and butterfly. They
believed that butterfly was a human soul searching for
In some cultures, butterflies are seen as the departed
souls of people’s ancestors. There are many who
recognize chrysalis as the soul trapped inside in the body.
The butterfly’s emergence symbolizes the freedom of the
soul at the moment of passing.
Some Native American tribes believe if people have secret wishes,
they should capture Butterfly and whisper their desires
to her. Their secrets are safe in her keeping because
she cannot speak.Once the secret is whispered ....one must release
the Butterfly so she can carry their wishes to Great Spirit,
who knows her thoughts. When Butterfly is set free,
people’s wishes will be granted.
In both the Dakota and the Chippawa tradition, the butterfly
represents the Door of the East, wherein appears the splendor
of dawn, the dwelling place of the Great Mystery.
To other native Americans, the butterfly was a
living fragment of the rainbow, a beautiful creature
made of rainbow colors that dance above wild flowers on sunny
currents of air.
The butterfly totem will aid you in achieving depths of
inner and outer exploration far beyond the ordinary.
As a symbol of personal transformation, your spirit helper
will hover ever-near to assist in all those changes within
yourself and within your environment that are necessary
for you to attain the highest levels of enlightenment.
They are also symbolic of metamorphosis, joy,
freedom,fun, color, change in one’s life and joyous times.
The caterpillar stage has been linked to materialism.
Chrysalis represents internal changes of the mind and
the butterfly is perceived as the free expression of these changes.
The Butterfly enters our life as a messenger for change. If it comes to us hurt or ill,
its to remind you to transform and stop keeping joy at bay.
Their graceful dancing-like appearance on flowers reminds us to find
the joy in nature and make it a part of our life.
So at last I have finished what took me two months to compile and complete,
I have gathered the empty Chrysalis and its snuggled in a box on my potions shelf.
You'll see it eventually in a discussion on spells but for now this is it!
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